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The quaint rustic town of Dolores (hosting the Canyon of the Ancients Museum and Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum),
McPhee Reservoir = one of Colorado's largest Lakes
Ski area's within minutes from our campground are: Telluride, Hesperus, Purgatory, Stoner and Durango.
Dolores River Rafting, bike trails,
the 4 corners,
Mesa Verde National Park,
the Ute Mountains and Casino.
HUNTING: This area is known for its world renown hunting
(where the world's record typical Mule Deer was taken in Dolores County)
and fabulous lake and river fishing!
TOWN OF DOLORES
The Town of Dolores is a Statutory Town in Montezuma County, Colorado, United States.
The population was 943 in 2013.
It is one of three incorporated municipalities in the county.
Zip code: 81323
Area code: 970
Home of the Canyon of the Ancients Museum and National Monument and Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum.
McPhee Dam, located on the Dolores River, is a rolled earth, sand, gravel, and rockfill structure with a volume of approximately 6,230,000 cubic yards. The crest of the dam is 270 feet high above streambed, 1,300 feet in length, and 30 feet wide. McPhee Reservoir was completed in 1985 and is the principal feature of the Dolores Project in southwestern Colorado. The Dolores Project is a participating project authorized with the Colorado River Storage Project. The reservoir has a maximum surface area of 4,470 acres and is located in the San Juan National Forest north of Cortez, Colorado. The Lone Dome Recreation Area is located below McPhee Dam and includes over 10 miles of public access to the Dolores River. The reservoir provides important recreation, fish and wildlife benefits; however, its primary purpose is to provide irrigation water, flood control, and hydroelectric power. The Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores, Colorado, is an archaeological museum that displays artifacts found during the reservoir's construction. The exhibits include a reconstructed prehistoric dwelling. The Anasazi Heritage Center also maintains a 1/2 mile interpretive trail that leads to Escalante ruins. Recreation at McPhee is managed by the U.S. Forest Service, San Juan National Forest
hunting & fishing
Known for Hunting and fishing for everyone, some of the largest Trophy's have been taken in the surrounding area's. In fact, the community welcome's Hunters so much, most of the businesses and homes decorate with this rustic decor by using a variety of Mounts, Skulls, Antler sheds, and animal skins which help to make them feel they are at home and in the right place.
ute mountain & casino
This straightforward casino resort is 11.8 miles from Cortez and 10.4 miles from the Ute Mountain Indian Reservation.
The casino floor includes slot machines, table games and a bingo hall. Other amenities include an indoor pool and Jacuzzi with an adjacent Swedish-style sauna and fitness room. There's also an on-site restaurant and a concert venue.
SKIing AND RIVER RAFTING
The Popular Ski resorts (Telluride and Durango) are minutes away, and the Dolores River, named by two Spanish priests in honor of "Our Lady of Sorrows," is perfect for whitewater rafting and kayaking with rapids ranging from class II to IV. This is the perfect adrenaline activity for history buffs; you will pass through canyons filled with interesting geological formations and beautiful colors of the sandstone cliffs.
The Dolores River Valley is filled with beautiful history; visit the Canyon of the Ancients National Monument, the Hovenweep National Monument, or the Mesa Verde National Park to learn about how Natives to the area built and established their homeland. See the area's beautiful archeology at the Anasazi ruins, and learn about them in the nearby Anasazi Heritage Center Museum that has over 2 million artifacts and exhibits.
Snowmobile in the San Juan National Forest north of Dolores. There are over 100 miles of groomed trails that are perfect for wildlife lovers and history buffs. A popular area is the Boggy Draw Trail System.